The Worldwide Film Noir Tradition - Classical British Film Noirby skobic | created - 11 Jun 2014 | updated - 12 Jun 2014 | Public
From Selby's introduction: "The most extensive prior documentation of British noirs appears in British Film Noir Guide by Michael F. Keaney (McFarland, 2008). My research was independent of Keaney's, and there is a difference of over 100 films between his listings and mine."
30 Brit Noir Masterworks are labelled with 'MASTERWORK'.
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2. Across the Bridge (1957)
103 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A wealthy businessman attempts to run to Mexico to escape capture for embezzlement. On the way, he switches identities for a visa but that only complicates matters.
4. Fortune in Diamonds (1951)
Approved | 74 min | Adventure
As the Boer War ends a South African soldier hides a cache of diamonds he finds on a body. He returns to the town he left three years earlier where his girl has married a disgraced English ... See full summary »
5. Alias John Preston (1955)
Approved | 71 min | Horror, Mystery, Romance
Wealthy John Preston arrives in small town Deanbridge. He invests in local businesses and gets involved in community affairs. Eventually, he meets a local belle, Sally, and wins her from ... See full summary »
6. All Night Long (1962)
Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Music
This movie, based on William Shakespeare's Othello, is neatly positioned as a vehicle to showcase some of the best jazz musicians of the period, including Dave Brubeck and Charles Mingus.
8. Appointment with Crime (1946)
Unrated | 90 min | Crime, Drama
An ex-con, released after imprisonment for a jewel theft, swears vengeance on his former accomplices and devises an intricate plan to steal their fortune.
11. Game of Danger (1954)
88 min | Drama
When a local bully is found shot to death, the police suspect a young man who had recently been seen arguing with him. When thy discover that they had been arguing over the affections of a ... See full summary »
12. Twist of Fate (1954)
Approved | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Johnny Victor, an actress living with Louis Galt on the Riveria, becomes involved with Pierre Clemont and learns he is a dangerous criminal.
13. Bedelia (1946)
Approved | 83 min | Drama, Romance
Bedelia, a newly remarried beautiful widow, is on honeymoon in Monte Carlo. A painter approaches her inquiring about her past. When she and her husband go back to England the artist will soon be there. Danger, crime and truth will follow.
14. Shadow of Fear (1955)
76 min | Mystery
A woman travels to England to attend her parents' funeral. She is told by officials that they died of natural causes together, but she doesn't buy it. She comes to suspect that the nurse ... See full summary »
15. Web of Evidence (1959)
Approved | 90 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
A British-American returns to Britain after 20 years to discover that his father has been jailed since WW2 for a murder that took place in murky circumstances.
17. Captain Blackjack (1950)
90 min | Adventure
Bold and attractive, Mike Alexander is an American who smuggles drugs across the Spanish Mediterranean. Ingrid Dekker is in love with him while the double-crossing Emily Birk tries to ... See full summary »
19. Black 13 (1953)
Approved | 75 min | Crime, Drama
20th Century-Fox gets the blame for distributing this in the USA but they were not the production company in any manner. Peter Reynolds is the screwed-up son of a college professor who ... See full summary »
20. The Black Widow (1951)
62 min | Crime, Drama
Mark Sherwin ( Robert Ayres) is the victim of a brutal beating and car theft. The thief dies in a crash; Mark suffers from amnesia, and recuperates on a horse-training property. Discovering... See full summary »
21. Blackmailed (1951)
Approved | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Mrs. Christopher (Fay Compton), a kindly volunteer worker at a large hospital, does a favor for a patient by delivering a sum of money to Mr. Sine (James Robertson Justice). When she ... See full summary »
22. Blackout (1950)
Not Rated | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A man suffering from temporary blindness accidentally walks into a house where a murder has just occurred. The killers, realizing he's blind, decide not to kill him but just knock him out ... See full summary »
23. Man in the Dark (1964)
Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama
When the wife of a blind composer discovers that her husband will cut her out of his estate, if he discovers that she is having an affair with a young artist, she and her lover plan to commit the perfect murder.
24. Chance Meeting (1959)
95 min | Mystery, Thriller, Crime
In 1950s London, Dutch painter Jan-Van Rooyer has an affair with a rich married Frenchwoman who is murdered, causing Van Rooyer to become prime-suspect for the Scotland Yard.
27. The Brain (1962)
83 min | Crime, Horror, Drama
After the mysterious crash of a millionaire's private airplane, three scientists secretly harvest the dying man's brain and keep it alive in a laboratory in order to communicate with it through telepathy.
28. The Brain Machine (1955)
Approved | 84 min | Crime, Thriller
A doctor is taken hostage by a drug smuggler whom she has diagnosed as psychotic. Her estranged husband has to find her before the smuggling gang find him and kill them both.
30. Brighton Rock (1948)
Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama
Pinkie Brown is a small-town hoodlum whose gang runs a protection racket based at Brighton race course. When Pinkie murders a journalist called Fred Hale whom he believes is responsible for... See full summary »
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32. The Brothers (1947)
Approved | 98 min | Drama
The MacFarishes and the Macraes are lifelong enemies living on a remote island in the Western Isles of Scotland. Mary Lawson is a Scottish orphan brought up in a convent who arrives on the ... See full summary »
33. Cage of Gold (1950)
Approved | 83 min | Crime, Drama
In post-WW2 Britain, a young woman marries an old flame but after he disappears, and is later declared dead, she re-marries, only to be blackmailed by the supposedly-dead first husband who suddenly re-appears in her life, in need of money.
35. Candidate for Murder (1962)
60 min | Crime, Drama
The professional killer Kersten arrives in England and is hired by Donald Edwards to murder his wife Helene. But Helene's lover Robert Vaughan discovers the plot and he trails Kersten and Edwards to a country cottage.
37. The Case of Charles Peace (1949)
88 min | Crime, Drama
Businessman Charles Peace leads a double life--by day he's a respected local businessman, but by night he's a professional thief who lets nothing, not even murder, stop him from getting what he wants.
38. Cash on Demand (1962)
Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A charming but ruthless criminal holds the family of a bank manager hostage as part of a cold-blooded plan to steal 97,000 pounds.
39. Cast a Dark Shadow (1955)
Approved | 82 min | Thriller
Clever fortune-hunter Edward Bare (Sir Dirk Bogarde), with a penchant for murder, does in his elderly, supposedly rich, wife, and manages to get away with it. After an investigation results... See full summary »
42. It Takes a Thief (1960)
Approved | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A gang leader dumps her criminal boyfriend when he is convicted of robbery, but he recovers the stolen loot once he's released. In retaliation, the gang kidnaps his son and demands the money as ransom.
44. Chase a Crooked Shadow (1958)
Approved | 87 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
At Kimberley Prescott's villa, a stranger shows-up and claims he is her brother who supposedly died the previous year in a car accident.
45. Circle of Deception (1960)
Approved | 100 min | Drama, Romance, War
Unbeknownst to him, a soldier is sent on a doomed mission because of the high likelihood of him divulging secrets if captured and tortured.
46. Escape by Night (1964)
75 min | Crime, Drama
A bus carrying prisoners on their way to jail, is hijacked by a gang, who want to free one of the passengers. The rest of the prisoners are locked in a petrol soaked barn, and warned not to... See full summary »
48. The Clouded Yellow (1950)
Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery